To the Mountains

To the Mountains

One of my good friends is moving to the mountains. After a long run in San Francisco, he’s changing things up, selling most of his possessions, buying a truck and heading to Wyoming. Laptops and conference calls are being traded for REI boxes and fly-fishing gear. Summer is right around the corner; you can feel it in the air.

Having lived in the City by the Bay for more than nine years, I don’t often think about the mountains. But this week, they’ve been on my mind. So, it’s only natural that when I was sifting through my old “Misc. Hot Rods Folder,” I was drawn to this picture.

I usually have a pretty good memory of where photos came from. For some, I can tell you what magazine they were published in and, on a good day, identify where on the page they were. But for this shot, I can’t recall where I first saw it. It’s almost as if I’m looking at it with fresh eyes.

At first, I thought it was from Colorado. Continental Divide, per chance? Nope. After a little bit of searching, I discovered that it was taken at Bonneville Drag Strip in Utah. In the foreground we have Norm Cowdrey and his blown smallblock-powered Austin-Healey, which was based out of Southern California. I’m unsure of who was responsible for the high-riding Willys. Judging by the Austin’s lettering, this was taken in 1967.

Norm’s car has always been a favorite of mine, and longtime readers may recognize it from “Mean, Lean, Green…Number 13” here on The Jalopy Journal back in 2018. Bonneville Drag Strip looks incredibly scenic, although records state that the original track closed in 1967. So, to wind down the week, I’ll ask you this: did you ever go to Bonneville Drag Strip?

Joey Ukrop

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